Gareth Edwards

Associate, European Patent Attorney
Cardiff, EIP Europe LLP

Gareth is a European Patent Attorney whose work focuses on prosecuting patent applications in the electronics and optics sectors.

Prior to joining EIP Gareth spent three years working as a research scientist in academia designing, fabricating and characterising semiconductor optoelectronic devices for a diverse range of applications.

Gareth has particular experience in advanced semiconductor fabrication techniques, as well as expertise in optics, electronics and semiconductor device related technologies.


  • Specific experience prosecuting patent applications relating to optical communications, both via fibre optics and free space, as well as applications relating to optical emitters and optical sensing devices.
  • Extensive drafting experience for one of EIP's largest clients relating to optical fibre communications.
  • Patent prosecution relating to free space optical communications for a client in vehicle tracking technology.
  • Experience at conducting Oral Proceedings at the EPO, before the Examination Divisions, Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal.

Published articles

  • 2012
    Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, All in the Mind? UK High Court Endorses Narrow Criteria for Patentability Exclusion: Halliburton's Patent Applications


  • Optoelectronics
  • Photonics
  • Optics

Education and qualifications

Gareth holds a first class master’s degree in Engineering Physics from Cardiff University. He subsequently went on to obtain a PhD on the fabrication of photonic structures in semiconductor laser diodes. This research investigated controlling the lasing properties of devices to access a wider range of wavelengths and allow integration with sensors and micro-fluidics for applications in data storage, telecommunications and biophotonics.

  • 2011
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property, Bournemouth University
  • 2003 — 2007
    PhD, Cardiff University
  • 1999 — 2003
    Master of Physics, Cardiff University

Career history

  • 2010 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2006 — 2010
    Research Associate, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

  • 21 October 2015
    EIP Seminar, Effective Innovation Planning